OCEAN PARK ELEMENTARY DECEMBER 2014 NEWSLETTER A Message from the Principal: Mrs. Meinhardt: Thank you to the students in ASB, Ms. Frace, Mrs. Linquist, Mrs. Thiry and all others who helped make our 3rd Annual Turkey Trot a fabulous success. The students put in many laps and earned a Thanksgiving feast. Mrs. McMullen has been collaborating with classroom teachers to create winter programs that connect with classroom activities. The K-2 classes have each picked a different country and they will present holidays around the world. The 3rd -5th classes have been studying different times in American History so will be showcasing what holidays looked like in 1814. Please join us for these educational and enjoyable programs. Ocean Park students will only be attending the program they are participating in. Since our gym becomes filled with parents, friends and families we have students watch the rehearsals then they can remain in their classrooms for the actual performance, continue with lessons and there is more room for our visitors. Over our two-week winter break, please help your child be ready to come back to school in January by reading every day, writing daily in a journal or diary and practicing math facts. Have a wonderful holiday and break with your children! Announcements: FOOPS next meeting will be on Thursday, Januaryr 8th at 3:00 pm in the Ocean Park Elementary library. K-2nd Grades- December 9th -- 2:00-2:30 pm 3 -5th Grades – December 10th – 2:00-2:30 pm rd December 2014 OPSM’s Sawyer Linquist Everest Sandvig Sarait Diaz Lucas Skillings Cristofer Diaz Lilliana Puckett Shayla Flores Randy Galvan Candice Skillings Karen Moreno-Diaz Cameron Eros Julianna Fleming Nicholas Holtermann Micheal Jensen Evey Miller Angel Avilia Garcia Caden Perez Angel Gutierrez Wolfgang Miklos Hallynn Chipman Evalyn Rice Hayzel Sager Sharon Merino Jaquelyne Aburto Tyler Gillmore Breanna Lynch Crystal Brumitt Sam Stark Zarina Miklos Elliot Chlouber Ethan Glansbeek OPSM Badges PARENTS: If your child has earned their OPSM and have chosen to put it on a lanyard, make sure that it is a break-away lanyard. Please check lanyards before purchasing them so we can avoid any lanyard caused injuries. Way to go everyone! We raised $2,952.25 for new Playground Monkey Bars during our “2014 Turkey Trot”. 2014 Fire Prevention Week Poster Contest Winners Kaitlyn Banuet, Randy Galvan, Aili Tynkila, Giselle Gardner, Phoebe Smith, Aliyah Holmes, Alex West, Claribeth Merino, Brent Curry, Mikaila Warfield, Zion Anderson, Destiny Sifuentes, Westin Billeci, Annessa Duffy, Melody Brum, Joey Harrison, Bryce Cote’ and Lucas Hart. 2014 Fire Prevention Essay Contest Winners Zarina Miklos, Dylan Wheeler, Nakayla Kendall, Chloe Stringer, Destiny Sifuentes and Lily Freeman Congratulations Everyone! Monday, Dec. 15th 8:00 am – 3:00 pm-Viewing Only Tuesday, Dec. 16th 8:00 am – 4:00 pm – Purchasing Day Wednesday, Dec. 17th 8:00 am – 4:00 pm- Purchasing Day Thursday, Dec. 18th 8:00 am – 4:00 pm – Purchasing Day Friday, Dec. 19th 8:00 am – 12:00 pm – Purchasing Day A great place to shop for Christmas Gifts! WHAT’S HAPPENING IN PE? DECEMBER: Volleyball Rules and Skills Lots of games and sports require the physical ability to strike an object – whether with an implement of some kind – or simply with the hand. Our Ocean Park students just finished a unit on striking a ball with a racquet. This month the focus will be on striking a ball with the hands. A popular playground game that introduces a simple hand strike is 4- square. Students will practice skills and learn rules. Also, rules for Volleyball will be reintroduced to upper grades, and basic skills taught to primary age though lead up games like balloon volleyball, and newcomb. Additionally – kids will revisit and review past units to this point and work out on Wednesdays to improve upper and lower body strength, flexibility and cardio-vascular endurance. Parents – once again, a reminder to please be sure your student has comfortable tennis shoes for use in the gym during physical education classes. We want your kids to be happy, successful and involved! HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Information on Ocean Park fitness assessments for physical education can be found online at www.presidentschallenge.org Volleyball : teaches and then reinforces physical skills of… Timing Striking an object with the hands Footwork Target aiming Hand – eye coordination Balance As well as cognitive learning: knowledge of … Rules Strategy Sportsmanship Safe participation Questions or concerns? Call OP school or email [email protected] Physical Fitness – “You have to move – to improve!” Mr. Meinhardt Ocean Park Health and Fitness Gingerbread Houses - On the morning of December 19th Ms. Bruncke's class, Mrs. Curry's class and Mrs. Stotts' class will be building gingerbread houses. Teachers will be sending home individual class needs.